No to Instant Replay – even after yesterday

Articles like this op-ed are annoying because they make a convincing case for a positions I despise: that FIFA should adopt instant replay. Let me just get this out of the way: NO. NO. NO. Look, there’s Soccer, and there’s NFL, and the difference between them is that they faced a lot of the same…

That Call

So there’s been a lot of talk about the blown announcing call on the “blown” offside call in the Mexico – South Africa opener. Alright, alright, I know I’m a bit late to the table on this one. That was last week already! What can I say, I’ve been busy. Anyway – I fully understand…

Television is Television

Pokeing around on the internet for the previous entry, I found this video of KCTV’s opening sequence from about a year ago (27 August 2009). About what you would expect – opens with views of Mount Paekdu, followed by patriotic music, then a reading of the entire broadcast schedule for the day, etc. But one…

Where the sun DOES SO TOO shine

I suppose this shouldn’t come as much of a surpirse. After refusing to pay for a World Cup feed – meaning that its people effectively can’t see their national soccer team make its first appearance (today, by the way) since 1966 – North Korea then doesn’t bat an eye pirating the feed anyway. KCTV aired…

Suppose you killed a currency and no one came?

This fascinating NYTimes article revisits a story I missed the first time around: North Korea apparently “redenominated” its currency last year as a way of shutting down the private markets, and it turns out to be the closest thing to a controlled economic experiment we can run in the real world. The policy was to…

Where the Sun Doesn’t Shine

No surprises here: there will apparently be no World Cup feed in North Korea. The first time in 44 years the DPRK has appeared in the Cup (last was in 1966 – the year of what the British Ambassador erroneously calls England’s “great” victory. England did win that year, but only by scoring a highly…

The Straight Dope

Just in case you were wondering, this story-of-the-day is spin. When Obama said the following: I don’t sit around just talking to experts because this is a college seminar. We talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answer so I know whose ass to kick. he was led. I saw the interview…

If Everyone Jumped in a Fire

Let’s get this out of the way: I’m basically* pro-Israel, and while I don’t generally think people should be fired for distasteful off-the-cuff remarks, there’s certainly nothing unexpected about the calls to fire Helen Thomas. OK, so you probably wouldn’t get fired for suggesting that China “get the hell out of Tibet,” but I’ll bet…

Low Cost and No Cost

This week’s EconTalk has a great annecdote: An apocryphal story about Enrique Fermi, probably about other professors as well: student comes into Fermi’s office, surprised to see that Fermi’s got a horseshoe over his door and says, “Professor, you don’t believe in that, do you?” Fermi replies, “Of course not! But they say it works…